Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, the suspended duo, appeared on Thursday (February 16) before the Pakistan Cricket Board anti-corruption and legal officials, with sources claiming Latif was given the option to plead guilty of spot-fixing.
The duo was provisionally suspended after being found in breach of the anti-corruption code by meeting a suspicious individual linked to international betting mafia, a day before the Pakistan Super League started on February 9.
Both were shown evidences against them in the last two days and will be charge-sheeted on Friday.
“Latif has been given the option to confess which could reduce his punishment, just like (Mohammad) Amir pleaded guilty and got a reduced punishment in the 2010 spot-fixing case,” said a source in the know of proceedings.
Amir pleaded guilty before a UK court after he, Salman Butt, the then Test captain, and Mohammad Asif, the paceman, were caught in a sting operation on Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.
While Butt and Asif pleaded innocence, Amir pleaded guilty on the advice of his veteran and experienced lawyer Gareth Pierce and was given a six-month sentence in comparison to Butt’s 32 months and Asif’s 30 months.
Amir was also drafted into the Pakistan side before the other two, who are yet to make their international comebacks.
“A similar case is that of Latif, who did meet the suspicious individual at the insistence of his long-time friend Sharjeel but did not comply with the offer,” the sources added. “Sharjeel did play the game and played two dot balls in return for money.”
Latif only plays Twenty20 International cricket for Pakistan, and recently lost his mother to illness.
He also offered to become an approver for the PCB in the case but that was rejected because there is solid evidence against the two players.